All-Wheel-Drive Tesla Model 3 May Launch As Early As Spring

It appears that the dual motor all-wheel drive Tesla Model 3 will launch much earlier than expected, potentially as early as Spring 2018.

The Californian carmaker recently updated its configurator for the Model 3 and alongside listing an arrival time for the base model in early 2018. It also says the dual motor variant will land in Spring ’18.  Of course, in Tesla time, that might end up meaning at the very end of this year, potentially even in early 2019…

In preparation for the arrival of the all-wheel drive Model 3s, Tesla has registered the VINs for at least 19 units with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Like the dual motor Tesla Model S and Model X, it is quite possible that the dual motor Model 3 will become the most popular variant. However, reports indicate that it won’t come cheap, adding at least $5,000 to the price of the entry-level electric sedan.

In October, a video emerged reportedly showing the Model 3 dual motor undergoing performance testing at the company’s track in Fremont, California. It’s not yet known how quick the variant will be but the rear-wheel drive model reaches 60 mph (96 km/h) in roughly 5.1 seconds. The dual motor model should, therefore, accelerate to the same mark in under 4.5 seconds.

 

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  • xDRAN0x

    We all know how Tesla does with timeline and expected dates :]

  • Dr Strangefinger

    …because all wheel drive is more efficient than 2 wheel drive???

    • Less work on four electric motors vs on two, I suppose

      • Dr Strangefinger

        I’m sorry, my question was rhetorical in nature.

    • Sébastien

      for EVs ? Yes, because each motor can be customized for different speed (kind of 2-speed gearbox, without the complexity or power loss)

  • Bug S Bunny

    Let’s add more complexity to a car that we have trouble producing now. Yep, that’s a good plan.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

    ….

    • Dr Strangefinger

      They’ll never end until some Chinese company buys it… And moves manufacturing to Asia.

    • Waiting for UGH! Another Tesla Story vs S3XY. Would be fun to watch lol

  • MikeyOrange

    Alright… $5,000 seems a little much but it’s worth it to some customers… personally think $2000, unless there’s also upgraded batteries, features, etc.

    Next move… make a wagon! No one makes an EV wagon and it’s overdue… make sure the rear window isn’t raked out @elonmusk

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